Big things in the world of dinosaurs are coming to the Isle of Wight.
HOLLYWOOD is coming to the Isle of Wight this summer with a new dinosaur movie being heavily promoted here.
The Island is partnering with BBC Earth Films and Twentieth Century Fox to bring Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie to the Island.
Although the film is not due for release until December, the film giant, the BBC, Visit Isle of Wight (the Island's new tourism organisation) and the IW Council have teamed up to celebrate the Island's status as the dinosaur capital of Great Britain.
The film is the first 3D cinema release from BBC Earth Films, the theatric arm of BBC Worldwide's BBC Earth brand.
Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is set for release globally on the 20th December 2013. The film tells a thrilling story of families born and families torn apart, of growing up, rivalry and competition.
Presented by Twentieth Century Fox & Reliance Big Pictures in association with IM Global LLC, the movie will use state of the art 3D technology to take audiences back 70 million years to see our world as it was when Dinosaurs roamed the earth.
The Isle of Wight will support the summer film campaign with a raft of activity celebrating the Island's incredible prehistoric history.
From summer 2013, Isle of Wight visitors are invited to experience a once in a lifetime journey using digital innovation to bring the islands history to life.
The Island's tourism team are working closely with the film creators to develop a hands-on digital experience that will introduce visitors to the great ancestors of the dinosaurs featured in Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie.
Visitors will really be able to walk in dinosaur footsteps and learn about the lives of these amazing animals.
David Thornton, chief executive of Visit Isle of Wight, said: "We're excited about bringing palaeontology, education, entertainment and Hollywood together to create a real life Walking with Dinosaurs experience for holidaymakers.
"The scientific credentials of the Island are second to none, it's already recognised as one of the most significant locations in Europe for dinosaur finds and so the Isle of Wight is a perfect partner for Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie."
Twentieth Century Fox vice-president of partnerships, Ian Morton, added: "Our partnership with the IW this year allows us to reveal our compelling story through the Island’s dinosaur heritage across special locations, drawing upon a wealth of research already undertaken on the Island by palaeontologists.
"We are looking forward to creating a fun, interactive experience for all the family that will really help bring the adventure of the fim to life."
He said their could be a gala premiere of the film held on the Island later this year.
Cllr David Pugh, leader of the IW Council, said: "We are delighted to have played a crucial role in bringing this exciting project – which will promote the Island to a truly global audience – to fruition.
"This initiative will further enhance our reputation as an international focal point for pre-historic heritage.
"We hope this will attract a substantial number of additional visitors, which is great news both for the local economy and efforts to promote the Island as a first-class visitor destination."
"We are looking forward to creating a fun, interactive experience for all the family that will really help bring the adventure of the film to life. We are also exploring a number of amplification opportunities such as hosting a gala premiere of the movie on the Island later this year."
A summer campaign will be launched to potential summer holiday makers in May and will run throughout the summer months and into the autumn.